Florham Park, N.J. – Jamal Adams answered eleven questions about his comments regarding CTE. He knew it was coming. For nearly six minutes, Adams stood at the podium with a clear voice and passion in his heart, trying to clear up a misconstrued statement.
“Honestly, I didn’t really see this getting that far,” said Adams. “I was speaking about being passionate about the game I love. I understand that some families were effected by this disease and I didn’t mean for it to be taken any type of way.”
Kudos to the rookie for standing tall, clearing up what he meant and bringing the focus back to what matters: football.
This was a rookie mistake.
In hindsight, if Adams could hit the rewind button and clear up his comments, he would. But let us be clear for a moment, in no way was this safety taking a disrespectful jab at the families and victims of CTE. Adams understands the severity of this disease. In no way was he trying to get the football community in an uproar. This is a passionate man who loves his job. If there is something to be upset about, it should be the awkward applause fans rewarded the confusing remark.
“When you see something blowing up, it should be addressed. My words were simply that I am very passionate about what I do. I’m all about the game being safer. It’s simply about passion,” said Adams.
After the comments were made, the rookie had a conversation with his father in private. He spoke to his head coach who suggested he should clear things up. Over and over again, Adams made it clear this was about his passion and love for the game and nothing else.
In one word, Adams summed up his love for football as: “indescribable.”
“I love this game so much,” said Adams. “I come on this field, this is my job now. I go to war with my brothers every day. A lot of people don’t understand. This is my playground. This is what I love to do.”
This situation has been blown out of proportion. It rocked the media industry during a quiet and boring time of football. Adams’ comments should have properly been stated, however, it is clear this man lives, breathes and sleeps football. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind the Jets first round selection loves being out on the field.
In fact, his comments about the football field being the “perfect place to die” was not even referencing CTE. While they were stated during a CTE and player safety discussion with teammate Matt Forte and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, they were based along the passion and love Adams lives with everyday.
It showed on Tuesday.
In the sweltering heat, Adams was extremely vocal and was having the time of his life. He took fun, verbal jabs at Quincy Enunwa. He jumped up and down when Marcus Maye annihilated Jordan Leggett along the sideline. The safety misspoke again, actually. This is not a job for him. This is all fun and games for the LSU product.
Now, it is time to move on. Forget about what was said. This safety has a gift. It is as clear as day. While his comments may have been confusing, there is no doubt in the way Adams plays the game.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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